Sport spring on standard absorbers

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I recently changed my absorbers kayaba, and i now i intend to lower my ride to 2 fingers. Im using 18 inch rims on a cefiro a33, Im kinda worried would the tires scratch my fender on a heavy load. Another dilemma im having is using sport springs on standard absorbers bad? i read that it will cause the absorber to always be compressed and would spoil fast.
Or should i just change to adjustable? but than i believe i will lose comfort and my new absorbers gone to waste :bawling:
I also read somewhere that with a set of eibach springs, i do not have to change the absorbers?
any suggestions? other alternatives would be preferred :)
 
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You can use original absorbers woth sport spring, no problem, only thing is the rubber bumpstop must cut a portion off to compensate with the drop.dont cut too much though, you will end up jumpy cars.
 

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So how do i prevent a jumpy car? Forgot to mention that my mech said that he had lowered a same model of my car before and if changing all the springs, he said it will look a bit retarded, the back slightly lower than front, he advice me to just change the 2 front and see how it looks first.
But would this caused my cars handling to be bad?
 

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Yes you can still combine sport lower springs with std shocks most of the time but not all. Many sport springs are designed to be compatible with the std shocks as they have only slightly higher/stiffer spring rates (the best example I've used so far is the Tanabe NF series). Eibach Pro Kit also still can even though it's a bit stiffer than Tanabe NF. However some sport springs have very high spring rate/stiff and therefore might result in overpowering the dampening capability of your std shocks and hence you get bumpy/bouncing ride quality and your absorbers will get overworked and will get broken much sooner.

Btw actually the sequence should be to change springs first before big rims, because finding the spring that match one's car is much more difficult than choosing rims. So once you find the right spring to match your car, only then you find the rims that can fit your car after it's lowered so you'd not risk scrapping the fenders with your tires/rims. If rims first like now, then when you find the spring to use, but then can still risk the tires scrapping the fenders etc, but you already pay a lot of money for your rims, so get stuck. :) But if you buy adjustable coil over kit, then would be less of a problem.
 

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What SPRING rate number would be the best choice for more towards comfort and prevent that bouncy feeling?
thanks for the advice btw bro
 

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Ok thanks for the advice, what brand is reputable?
Are gab springs sufficient?
Never used GAB before. So far I've only used Eibach Pro Kit, APEX (forgot the type), and Tanabe NF and to me the Tanabe gives the closest comfort to stock, but all are good.
 

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Ive just change only my front springs. Tried changing all 4
and it made my front higher than rear.
Now im wondering is this setup
dangerous for high speed cornering? Not those sharp corners,
Like corners in highways :)
 
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Ive just change only my front springs. Tried changing all 4
and it made my front higher than rear.
Now im wondering is this setup
dangerous for high speed cornering? Not those sharp corners,
Like corners in highways :)
Hmm theoretically your back end will be more loose especially during hard braking, hence you might have more tendency to over steer. So just be more careful and ready for quick counter steers & corrections. :biggrin:
 

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Ive just change only my front springs. Tried changing all 4
and it made my front higher than rear.
Now im wondering is this setup
dangerous for high speed cornering? Not those sharp corners,
Like corners in highways :)
If you have only change the front, what is the spring rate compare to your rear standard?
 

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So far I've only used Eibach Pro Kit, APEX (forgot the type), and Tanabe NF and to me the Tanabe gives the closest comfort to stock, but all are good.
All these are good springs, but Eibach is rather hit-or-miss, it may be good on a particular car but not so on others, but most comment i read it is a bit bumpy. Tein is good too.

Avoid GAB & other cheap springs like a plague.